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Soccer Mom's guide to Civic Park in Reynoldsburg, Ohio

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Yes, outdoor fall soccer season has come and gone—but, spring season will be here before you know it! If you are a club soccer mom (or dad) in Central Ohio, it is likely that you will make at least few annual visits to Reynoldsburg’s Civic Park for league play or perhaps for action in Reynoldsburg’s Tomato Cup. What should well prepared soccer moms know about Civic Park?

Civic Park has a pretty convenient location as far as many soccer fields are concerned. The park is situated between busy Broad Street and Main Street in Reynoldsburg—making it easy to locate off the I-270 by-pass, putting it close to shopping should you need a last minute shin guard replacement or a pack of Gatorade, convenient to restaurants beyond diet blasting fast food fair, and close to a few Broad Street hotels—great for town visitors seeking to crash at the hotel for a break between games and team activities.

What about the restrooms, parking and concessions? The main restroom is small—but, is a fairly “modern” facility. There is not a baby changing table—so come prepared to be a quick change artist! During large tournaments and such, you can expect the usual, “no room for Mom and a potty training three year old sized Port-a-Potties” and perhaps a wait. Be warned that the park’s play fields are fairly spread out and that the walk to the restrooms is quite a hike from the far fields! There is only one small paved lot for parking—the remaining parking is in designated areas on the edges of fields. These spaces get a bit muddy and rugged in the spring rains! Parent volunteers from the Reynoldsburg soccer club operate a concession stand during many Saturday game sessions and tournaments—but, again, it’s quite a trek to the concession area from the fields.

What about entertainment for the non-soccer siblings? There is a small playground near the concession stand—and it gets quite crowded with big kids between matches. It is also a distance from many of the fields at the park. There is, however, a bicycle/tricycle/scooter/stroller friendly paved trail circling the entire perimeter of the park should a parent need to give a little sibling (or an older one!) a little break from the sidelines.

Anything you must see while you visit Civic Park? Just off the paved path, there are a number of “cut through” trails leading down to a small creek bed. There is a “wooded” trail following alongside the creek which is great for families seeking to step away from the soccer world for some down time. About five feet off the paved trail, down a cut through behind a large pile of brush, is one of the most amazing old trees in Central Ohio—you can read more about it at Mama’s Corner of the World, a blog written daily by the author. If you are in Reynoldsburg, it is a must see.

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City of Reynoldsburg
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